"Let’s Do without Google Translate: The History and Problems of International Sign." A lecture by Anna Komarova

13 May 2019


In spring 2019, Garage expanded the range of its accessories, which introduce the Museum’s visitors to the culture of the deaf community and sign language, by producing a series of clothing with inscriptions in international sign fingerspelling. Coinciding with the launch of the collection, Anna Komarova, a researcher and practical specialist in sign languages, will deliver a lecture dedicated to the theory of international sign fingerspelling and the methods of learning international signs.

As Garage Museum of Contemporary Art continues to foster the culture of the deaf community, Anna Komarova will speak about the language used by deaf people internationally and will touch upon natural gestural languages used for communication in modern world. She will also explain the phenomenon of Gestuno—an attempt at a unified communication via gestures popular in different parts of the globe. The lecturer will demonstrate stage by stage the gradual transition from Gestuno to International Sign—a system of international gestural interaction between deaf people today.



Anna Komarova is a linguist, sign language interpreter, researcher, docent at the School of English Speech Stylistics of Moscow State Linguistic University, director of the Center for Education of Deaf People and Sign Language.




Free admission with advance registration.

The lecture is accessible for deaf and hard of hearing visitors.

The lecture will be simultaneously translated into Russian language making it accessible for hearing visitors.


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